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In order to keep the cosmetics industry safe as well as innovative, there is a strong regulatory structure in place.

If you want to know about the new regulations and their effect on the industry, or the progress of alternative testing methods, or to stay on top of the latest regulatory requirements , we've got you covered!

EU Commission amends Annex III restricting hair dye and eyelash ingredients

30-Jul-2015 - The EU Commission has announced it will amend Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products, in a move that...

European Commission rules hair dye ingredient to be safe

29-Jul-2015 - The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has deemed the hair dye ingredient 1-hexyl 4,5-diamine pyrazole sulfate safe for use in products at their current levels after a...

Coty ruling positive for counterfeit cosmetics battle as Court rules in favour of information sharing

23-Jul-2015 - Cosmetics firm Coty has won its case concerning counterfeit sales of one of its Davidoff fragrances with the European Court of Justice ruling that brand owners that are looking to...

Are sunscreen and sun exposure guidelines unhealthy?

22-Jul-2015 - Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to numerous health conditions, and now an organization in Canada is calling for public health groups to advise consumers about the benefits of moderate...

EC says it cannot assess hair dye ingredient

16-Jul-2015 - Months after it called for an opinion on Basic Blue 124, the European Commission has concluded that it cannot fully assess the safe use of the hair dye ingredient.

SCCS advises concentration limit of MI in cosmetics should be lowered

15-Jul-2015 - The European Commission has stated that the use of the preservative methylisothiazolinone (MI) in cosmetics products is safe at the right levels, but that the concentration limit should be lowered. ...

Unilever feeling blue after Supreme Court reopens Nivea colour trademark battle

14-Jul-2015 - Nivea may have taken steps towards trademarking the shade of blue it uses on its iconic tins after the Federal Supreme Court of Germany reversed a 2013 decision made by...

Essential oils progress says IFRA after 3rd roundtable

14-Jul-2015 - A decisive step for the REACH registration of essential oils has been taken according to the International Fragrance Association (IFRA), thanks to the third roundtable organised to assess progress with...

UL proposes industry standards for evaluating personal care product safety

09-Jul-2015 - Wellness, sustainability, and ingredient safety rank high among consumer concerns about personal care and cosmetics products, and third-party certifications could be an effective way to mitigate their uncertainties. 

L’Oreal Paris clears its name after post-production accusation

09-Jul-2015 - A TV and press ad for L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect moisturising cream, featuring the actress Helen Mirren, have been cleared by the Advertising Standards Authority after a complaint that they...

Danish EPA requests online retailer recalls chloroform-containing nail products

07-Jul-2015 - The Danish Environmental Protection Agency has asked online cosmetic retailer, Fashion Girl, to stop selling packs of false nails, after the nail glue enclosed was found to contain high levels...

A step-by-step guide helps determine characteristics and hazards of nano

02-Jul-2015 - As more and more personal care product formulations comprise engineered nanomaterials, environment, health, and safety researchers are charged with ensuring the ingredients do not adversely affect the health of consumers...

How YOU can navigate China's regulations on imported cosmetics

01-Jul-2015 - In an effort to standardize cross-border e-commerce procedures, China's Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) is set to release detailed regulations for the industry. This Cosmetics Design gallery breaks down...

Bill aims to finally outlaw animal testing of cosmetics in the USA

24-Jun-2015 - A bipartisan bill has been introduced to the United States Congress that aims to finally ban the testing of cosmetics and personal care products on animals.

Don’t worry men! Sunscreen and cosmetics won’t affect your sperm says CTPA

23-Jun-2015 - We may have thought twice about using sunscreen or applying moisturiser this morning following an announcement made at a recent conference in Lisbon, but there is nothing to fear and...

BfR deems mineral oils safe in cosmetics

23-Jun-2015 - The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has carried out a risk assessment of the dermal absorption of MOSH (mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons) and MOAH (mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons) from...

UN publishes report urging the discontinuation of microbeads in cosmetics

12-Jun-2015 - The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report this week on the occasion of World Oceans' Day recommending a precautionary approach toward microplastic management, with an eventual phase-out and ban...

FDA highlights differences between cosmetic and medical devices

11-Jun-2015 - The US FDA has issued a warning notice primarily aimed at cosmetic device manufacturers and distributors to highlight the differences in market claims and clearance when compared to medical devices....

French woman on trial for cosmetics 'magic cheese kit' scam

11-Jun-2015 - Seventy four year old French woman, Gilberte van Erpe is on trial this week for allegedly conning thousands of Chilean investors with a 'magic cheese' kit that promised huge returns when...

SCCS opinion on alpha-arbutin says it’s safe for cosmetics

10-Jun-2015 - The latest Opinion of the European Commission's Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS) on the cosmetic ingredient 4-Hydroxyphenyl-alpha-D-glucopyranoside (alpha-arbutin) states that it is safe for use.

Industry giants weigh in on sustainable palm oil

03-Jun-2015 - This week J&J, P&G, Colgate-Palmolive, and Seventh Generation along with numerous other interested companies and investors ran a letter on the non-profit sustainability site ceres.org urging the RSPO to adjust...

SCCS publishes new opinion on use of cyclopentasiloxane (D5) in cosmetics

27-May-2015 - The European Commission's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has published its latest opinion on the use of cyclopentasiloxane (D5) in cosmetic products deeming it safe, except in certain hair...

Brazil adopts new legal framework for biodiversity-based research

26-May-2015 - A new legal framework has been put in place in Brazil to simplify biodiversity-based research and development for suppliers and manufacturers from the cosmetics, food and pharmaceutical industries.

Wake up – don’t fake up campaign launched to combat counterfeit cosmetics

20-May-2015 - The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has launched its ‘Wake up - don’t fake up!’  awareness campaign warning consumers of the risks posed by fake beauty products, such as...

Technology can transform cosmetics business and ensure complete compliance

20-May-2015 - Technology is transforming our business in a number of ways with a number of devices and apps available to consumers. It can also transform a business’ routine and systems approach...

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